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U.D.O. for the first time in Bucharest, in November

U.D.O., the German band whose frontman is Udo Dirkschneider, comes for the first time in Bucharest on a tour to promote their latest album, titled “Rev Raptor”, launched by AFM Records, on May 20, 2011. The event, organized by Promusic Events and “Maximum Rock” magazine, will take place on November 17, at The Silver Church Club in Bucharest.

The official story of U.D.O. starts in 1987, when the vocal Udo Dirkschneider left the band Accept. However, the tiny frontman, in reference to whom Sebastian Bach once said “he has the most ‘metal’ name in history”, came to identify with both the old band and the new entity which bears his name. We can speak of a sense of continuity, therefore. Udo Dirkschneider is, undoubtedly, an emblematic figure of German heavy metal, with his strong, ragged, though not unmelodic, voice, slightly reminiscent of Brian Johnson’s and yet so original.

Udo is also featured on “The Arockalipse”, the 2006 album of Lordi, the band which caused quite a stir after becoming the first metal band to win The Eurovision. The latter’s leader, Mr. Lordi, stated that the U.D.O. hits “Don’t Look Back” and “Blitz of Lighting” had changed his life. The band also exercised an important influence on the new heavy metal wave, and the members of Hammerfall declared themselves honoured by Dirkschneider’s presence on their cover of the Accept song “Head Over Heels”.

After a string of albums, in 2007 U.D.O. launched “Master­cutor”, an album met with enthusiastic reviews by several music magazines, which, in fact, gave a new boost to the band’s career. Udo Dirkschnei­der, whom Doro Pesch places alongside the likes of Gene Simmons and Lemmy in the gallery of musicians he had most to learn from, continues strong: last month he launched his latest album, “Rev Raptor”, to be followed by a promotion tour, also making a stop in Romania.

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